By Christine Rumleskie
The population of the Fort St. John Northern Lights College temporarily grew by around 250 on Wednesday.
Hundreds of grade 8 and 9 students from School District 60 took part in the YES-2-IT program, or the Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training Program.
Student Recruiter Junko LaClair says the kids get to explore many of the programs that the Northern Lights College offers.
Earlier this year, students chose four programs that they wanted to participate in. The college picked each student’s top two choices, and enrolled them into introductory courses for a day.
The goal is to get the kids interested in the programs before high school, so they can consider enrolling in a dual-credit program. That allows students to get college credits while in high school, to help jump-start their careers.
Junko says around a third of students who participate in the YES-2-IT day do enroll in the dual-credit program.
Students were also at the North Peace Secondary School, to learn about the hairstyling and cook programs.